Blog Archive

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cooking class for Flint kids, successful farm to school policies, school garden grants, & more!

February 2019
Happy February! We hope this finds you warming up after a very chilly week, planning spring gardens, visits to your local farm or having a farmer visit your classrooms, and thinking of ways to incorporate more local products into your everyday menus and/or experiential learning. 

The Michigan Farm to School newsletter took a brief break in January to reorganize and reformat, which we hope you enjoy and find helpful with its new look.

As always, thank you for all you do for Michigan’s children.

- The CRFS Farm to School team
Flint kids learn to cook healthy foods with a chef
Children at the Center of Flint's Increase in Access to Nutrition
Programs like the Nutrition Prescription Program, offering $15 vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables to spend at the year-round Flint Farmers Market, and a cooking class for children, are helping to establish positive dietary habits while improving access to healthy foods that kids want to eat.

Michigan Schools Receive Grant to Help Support Farm to School Efforts
Support for farm to school efforts in Westwood Elementary in Traverse City and Glen Lake Community Schools were bolstered with the receipt of Fuel Up to Play 60 grants recently. Westwood Elementary will host visits from local farmers as part of their grant funds, while Glen Lake will visit local farms and develop posters to highlight the farm to school partners within their community.

2019 NFSN National Partner of the Year
The National Farm to School Network has chosen the Intertribal Agriculture Council as their National Partner of the Year for 2019. Through this partnership, the two agencies intend to engage in intentional program and policy collaboration to connect members and increase farm to school opportunities in Native communities.

Trending Topics: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
February 7
1-2 PM EST

This webinar, hosted by the National Farm to School Network, will share new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and examples of farm to ECE in family child care success.

Green Apple Day of Service
Register by March 15 for mini-grant eligibility

In an effort to bring schools around the world together to celebrate their role in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability, schools can participate in the Green Apple Day of Service. Your school can select the date for the project, with access to mini-grants and resources to see the project come to life.

White Privilege Conference
March 20-23
Cedar Rapids, IA

The White Privilege Conference is scheduled to take place for its 20th year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Enabling participants the opportunity to examine concepts of both privilege and oppression, the conference also includes solution and team building strategies as part of the experience.

New National Farm to School Network Policy Resources
Supporting Farm to School with Community Benefit Dollars explores opportunities for partnerships between farm to school practitioners and non-profit hospitals. It also looks at resources for hospitals to support farm to school to help foster public health.

City and School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities explores local school wellness and city purchasing policies shown to be successful in supporting farm to school activities. 

Children transplanting in a raised garden bed
2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2019

For programs looking to install or expand gardens or green spaces for youth, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants totaling $100,000. This particular grant is open to all nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, with the top 25 programs eligible to receive $1,000 checks.

Children build a raised bed from recycled milk cartons
Carton 2 Garden Contest
Deadline: March 25, 2019

Collect 100 or more empty milk and juice cartons from you home, cafeteria, and community and re-purpose them as part of the national Carton 2 Garden Contest sponsored by Evergreen Packaging.
Innovative garden ideas using re-purposed cartons can be submitted online!

FoodCorps Service members sit together at a table to brainstorm ideas
FoodCorps Service Members (Nationwide)
Deadline: March 15, 2019

FoodCorps believes that every child - no matter their race, place, or class - has a right to healthy food at school. Applications are now open for the next class of leaders - people who want to serve up change in your community. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions are open in 17 states and the D.C. Metro Area.

About Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. We share ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts, from school garden programming to farmer visits and field trips.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.